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HENRY IV, PART ONE (ANTAEUS): 88% - SWEET

HENRY IV, PART ONE (ANTAEUS): 88% – SWEET

BITTERSWEET More problematic (especially for purists) is a sometimes loose directorial rein on the scansion; allowing actors to emote through shifting emphasis may further character insight, but it comes at a cost. Though following the meter seems a curse, the pauses in mid-verse are surely worse. ’Tis clearer — and less likely to offend — […]

END OF THE RAINBOW (INTERNATIONAL CITY THEATRE): 79% - SWEET

END OF THE RAINBOW (INTERNATIONAL CITY THEATRE): 79% – SWEET

SWEET While Bermingham virtually inhabits the role – fearlessly so – throughout, Quilter’s script is the brilliantly penned blueprint of ICT’s staging. From it, director John Henry Davis builds a powerfully moving portrait of the great, tortured singer in the last few weeks of her life. Eric Marchese – OC Register SWEET End of the […]

SONS OF THE PROPHET: 76% - SWEET

SONS OF THE PROPHET: 76% – SWEET

SWEET Director Matthews’ staging possesses an up close intimacy that leaves you almost feeling as though these guys are your own family. It’s almost a shame when the play ends, as the effect on the viewer is quite unusual: You feel as though you’ve just gotten one of those end-of-year Christmas letters from a distant […]

JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR (DOMA THEATRE COMPANY): 100% - SWEET

JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR (DOMA THEATRE COMPANY): 100% – SWEET

SWEET What gets served up is, of course, somewhat thinner than the symphonic orchestration we all grew up with on the original concept album, but it manages to evoke those classic sounds while rocking and buzzing on its own, more intimate terms. Bob Verini – ArtsInLA SWEET But to bring in it all together the […]

FUGUE: 84% - SWEET

FUGUE: 84% – SWEET

SWEET The striking innovation here is in transposing the musical principles of fugue into narrative. Parallel elements of the three stories are underscored by impressively choreographed simultaneous delivery of words, phrases and, on occasion, orgasms. Philip Brandes – LA Times SWEET It is the movement, the timing and the brilliant staging of sex, suicide and […]

ANNA CHRISTIE (ODYSSEY THEATRE): 82% - SWEET

ANNA CHRISTIE (ODYSSEY THEATRE): 82% – SWEET

SWEET The new Odyssey production greatly benefits from the thoughtfulness behind director Kim Rubinstein’s often searing images. Physically, it’s a great watch. Wilson Chin’s zen-minimal set, surrounded on three sides by water, floats in copious machine-made fog that I found pleasing (though I overheard two complaints, one stylistic, one of eye irritation). Michael Gend’s lighting […]

The Show I Directed at the Fringe "Out My Window" Performs at the Odyssey, January 24 & 31

The Show I Directed at the Fringe “Out My Window” Performs at the Odyssey, January 24 & 31

This is a lovely and poignant accounting from the always invigorating, Ernest Kearney, called Out My Window. I directed it (and I think I’m still getting credit on this one!) and it had a nice little run at the Fringe. Now it’s back for two performance at the Odyssey for their Solo Festival, January 24th […]

Critique of the Week

Critique of the Week

Just take out your notepads, LA Theater Critics, and go to school on this one from Ern the Mick. Besides being smart and inquisitive, it’s also an entertaining read. Some ask that the critic not draw attention to themselves when they review, me, I want to get to know the critic as much as I […]

BROOMSTICK: 94% - SWEET

BROOMSTICK: 94% – SWEET

SWEET Perfect for Halloween or for anyone who enjoys taking a journey into the deep dark woods, “Broomstick” offers a frightfully fun time at the theater that might be especially fun at night! Candyce Columbus – LA Examiner SWEET Playwright John Biguenet’s delightful Halloween Season monologue is a flat out delight. It’s like a children’s […]

Critique of the Week

Critique of the Week

Some incredibly rich theater criticism from one of LA’s best. THE GOAT OR, WHO IS SYLVIA? Ernest Kearney – Working Author It is a question of passion in Edward Albee’s “The Goat, or Who is Sylvia?” Not the mass produced, test marketed variety of “passion” favored by copywriters, but the genuine article, that all-consuming fervor […]

THE CALL OF CTHULHU (VISCERAL COMPANY): 97% - SWEET

THE CALL OF CTHULHU (VISCERAL COMPANY): 97% – SWEET

SWEET Sick of this accursed heatwave? Longing for the thrills and chills of the Halloween season to commence? No need to pray to the Great Old Ones, just slither on down to the little theater on the corner of Lexington and McCadden and be indoctrinated into H.P. Lovecraft’s weird and terrifying universe. I don’t usually […]

YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN (DOMA THEATRE): 97% - SWEET

YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN (DOMA THEATRE): 97% – SWEET

SWEET Through a magical, musical tour, with memorable song and dance numbers, sure to wow the audience, such as ‘Puttin’ On the Ritz,”and “Roll in the Hay,” the audience is sure to burst their seams and roll with laughter. Bonnie Priever – LA Examiner SWEET This is an EYE-POPPINGLY riotous, beautifully produced, directed, and performed […]

HAPPY DAYS (BOSTON COURT): 100% - SWEET

HAPPY DAYS (BOSTON COURT): 100% – SWEET

SWEET This production, which features Broadway veteran and multiple Emmy winner Tony Shalhoub, Adams’ real-life husband, in the role of Willie, Winnie’s there-but-not-there life partner, preserves the universality of Beckett’s vivid stage metaphor while making it seem right at home in Southern California. Charles McNulty – LA Times SWEET No other dramatist has ever been […]

SPRING AWAKENING (DEAF WEST): 100% - SWEET

SPRING AWAKENING (DEAF WEST): 100% – SWEET

SWEET The ensemble numbers are precisely choreographed by Director Michael Arden and Choreographer Spencer Liff; the signing never gets in the way, and each cast member is vitally utilized like in a giant, coordinated human body, each part giving life to the whole. The second act unfolds into the ultimate tragedy the piece becomes as […]

Critique of the Week

Critique of the Week

I was remiss in not including this in one of our COWs in August. I am rectifying that remissiveness (is that a word?(It is now!). When Ernest gets his dander up it’s awfully dandy to behold. Case in point, this lambasting  of a recent Matrix Theatre Production. Oof. IN A DARK DARK HOUSE Ernest Kearney […]

TRYING (INTERNATIONAL CITY THEATRE): 100% - SWEET

TRYING (INTERNATIONAL CITY THEATRE): 100% – SWEET

SWEET What the script lacks in surprises, it makes up for in its nuanced, beautifully written portrait of Biddle, an inestimable gift to an actor, and one that the wonderful Abatemarco, under the skillful direction of John Henry Davis, exploits to the fullest. Margaret Gray – LA Times SWEET Long Beach’s International City Theatre (ICT) […]

BIRD LIVES! (CHROMOLUME THEATRE): 81% - SWEET

BIRD LIVES! (CHROMOLUME THEATRE): 81% – SWEET

SWEET I saw one of the most powerful, raw, awesome and tragically-moving performances in memory. Oh, my, it really shook me up. Jay Weston – Huffington Post SWEET The effect is an emotionally exhausting but humanizing depiction of the bebop jazz pioneer. Even though Parker passed away much too soon, at age 34, for 70 […]

IN A DARK DARK HOUSE (MATRIX THEATRE): 60% - BITTERSWEET

IN A DARK DARK HOUSE (MATRIX THEATRE): 60% – BITTERSWEET

SWEET This production of In a Dark Dark House is theatre at its best! Gil Kaan – BroadwayWorld SWEET “Dark House”‘s gripping two hours at the Matrix benefits from clear visual realization and the all-pro cast’s confident navigation of the play’s language, ideas and emotions. Debra Levine – Arts Meme BITTERSWEET The play is way […]

BROADWAY BOUND (ODYSSEY THEATRE): 94% - SWEET

BROADWAY BOUND (ODYSSEY THEATRE): 94% – SWEET

SWEET Director Jason Alexander, who originated the role of Stanley in the Broadway premiere, imparts his command of the material into an attentively drilled cast. Despite limited rehearsal time, the actors have become comfortable enough to dredge shaded subtext from their roles, which is impressive especially under the close scrutiny of an audience shoved smack […]

VISIONARY MAN: 73% - BITTERSWEET

VISIONARY MAN: 73% – BITTERSWEET

SWEET “Visionary Man” currently at the Hudson Theatre in Hollywood’s Theatre Row is a powerful, brilliant yet warm and fun show depicting the amazing life of the fascinating materially poor but spiritually rich Georgia dirt farmer turned world renown painter J. B. Murray. Ron Irwin – LA Examiner SWEET Director Tom Coleman, who co-wrote the […]

Critique of the Week

Critique of the Week

Ernest really likes this play. And when Ernest really likes something, this happens. THE BROTHERS SIZE Ernest Kearney – Working Author In describing his play “The Brothers Size”, playwright Tarell Alvin McCraney affirms, “Ritual is not new…. The ritual onstage is taking these very old stories, archetypes, myths, and even rumors…. Hoping to create evenings […]

THE BROTHERS SIZE (FOUNTAIN THEATRE): 97% - SWEET

THE BROTHERS SIZE (FOUNTAIN THEATRE): 97% – SWEET

SWEET The battle over Oshoosi’s fate plays out with thrilling immediacy in this staging by Shirley Jo Finney, who also directed “In the Red and Brown Water” at the Fountain. She is ably assisted by Hana S. Kim’s evocative, abstract set, Ameenah Kaplan’s powerful choreography, Peter Bayne’s original music arranged by Brenda Lee Eager, and […]

Final Chance to Catch My Shows "Linden Arden" and "Out My Window" Tonight

Final Chance to Catch My Shows “Linden Arden” and “Out My Window” Tonight

I believe Linden Arden Stole the Highlights is completely sold out for its 10pm curtain tonight, but there are usually a couple of no shows, so stop on by Theatre Asylum and you just might get a final look at the show the critics are calling “Riveting!” “Superb!” and “Fascinating!”. No really, they are. You […]

LINDEN ARDEN STOLE THE HIGHLIGHTS (HOLLYWOOD FRINGE): 100% - SWEET

LINDEN ARDEN STOLE THE HIGHLIGHTS (HOLLYWOOD FRINGE): 100% – SWEET

SWEET I’d never heard Van Morrison’s “Linden Arden Stole the Highlights” before I saw Colin Mitchell’s play of the same name. Frankly, it doesn’t matter, because Mitchell has taken the rather obscure lyrics of that 1974 song and created a fully fleshed-out character whose story makes for riveting theater. Kurt Gardner – Blog Critics SWEET […]

My Other Fringe Show "Out My Window" Opens this Friday, June 6, 7pm, Theatre Asylum

My Other Fringe Show “Out My Window” Opens this Friday, June 6, 7pm, Theatre Asylum

Yes, it’s true I am actually involved with ANOTHER show besides the one I’ve written and am performing in, Linden Arden Stole the Highlights (tickets almost gone for opening!), I am playing the role of Herr Director on this one. Its opens this Friday, June 6th, 7pm at Theatre Asylum. It’s a beautiful piece written […]

AJAX IN IRAQ (MILES MEMORIAL PLAYHOUSE): 82% - SWEET

AJAX IN IRAQ (MILES MEMORIAL PLAYHOUSE): 82% – SWEET

BITTER If you’re going to update a classic work, ask why. If its themes resonate with you, and remind you of contemporary issues, do you really need to rewrite the thing? Mightn’t that classic text still serve a really pointed, personal director’s vision? Even a literal one? You could teach McLaughlin’s Ajax in Iraq in […]

THE GUARDSMAN (NOHO ARTS CENTER): 88% - SWEET

THE GUARDSMAN (NOHO ARTS CENTER): 88% – SWEET

SWEET But it is Molnar’s ability to turn larger-than-life circumstances and situations into everyday happenings that not only touch, but illuminate and inspire that makes this play the joy that it is. Radomir Vojtech Luza – NoHoArtsDistrict SWEET This ninety minute show is, simply, a pleasure. Michael Sheehan – OnStageLosAngeles SWEET The Guardsman, Ferenc Molnar’s […]

The Saturday Saying

The Saturday Saying

“To judge from Mr. LaBute’s body of work, one can imagine him as a child attending a performance of Peter Pan and clapping his hands bloodied to bring “Tink” back to life.Only to see her gang raped and left spread eagle on Marooner’s Rock by Nibs, Tootles and the rest of the Lost Boys Gang. […]

A DELICATE BALANCE (ODYSSEY THEATRE): 96% - SWEET

A DELICATE BALANCE (ODYSSEY THEATRE): 96% – SWEET

SWEET In her emotionally astute staging, director Robin Larsen sets her dream cast loose upon Albee’s fascinating, frustrating material, which ranges from the boozily meandering to the brilliant. F. Kathleen Foley – LA Times SWEET Never bet against the Odyssey Theatre putting on a terrific show. Its current run of A Delicate Balance is among […]

ALTAR BOYZ (CHROMOLUME THEATRE): 100% - SWEET

ALTAR BOYZ (CHROMOLUME THEATRE): 100% – SWEET

SWEET The Christian boy band known as the Altar Boyz have returned to L.A. for the first time in five years in a no-frills production that proves that even without a fancy set, pricy costumes, and surround sound, entertainment value can remain high when performances sparkle under a director as imaginative as Kristin Towers-Rowles. Steven […]